The High Line

The park that invented itself.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

The High Line park in New York City was not dreamed up by an urban planner. This abandoned freight line was colonised by passing seeds that floated through wind and smog to settle and grow amid the railway sleepers, undisturbed by human touch. Nature planted a prairie road atop steel girders, cutting through New York city blocks as Roman legions once cut through forests. Its soft grasses and urban decay drew a following. From 2009–2011 this strange urban caterpillar was reopened as a public park, principally supported by volunteers and charitable donations, its melancholic passageway through New York City now readopted, the problem child finally valued for its inner beauty. It was the definition of an urban wilderness, though its reclamation has returned the gardener’s order to its chaos.

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For a taste of what the High Line looks like today, watch this.

New York Farm City

Rooftop farming.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

You might not expect to find a farm atop an NYC office block. How do you run a farm all the way up there anyway? Do you carry the produce up and down in an elevator? Do you use the subway for distribution?
Market gardening and city allotments are common in the UK, or Cuba, where small-scale city farming has long been a feature of society. But given the extreme centralisation and homogenisation of food production in the USA, this film makes for an interesting insight into agricultural subculture in the Big Apple.

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Cracow

The city that sheds seasons.

Filmed in Cracow, Poland.

Cracow wears each season like a new coat, its barren winter parks discarded for the latest summer fashions of yellow and green. Spare a thought for Cracow’s ancient monuments, which quietly watch the seasons roll by. In this short time-lapse film, the city emerges from winter to frolic in spring and summer, kick up the leaves of autumn and the snows of winter. It is a stunning expression of the changing character of a city in thrall to the elements.

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Music by: Piano Chocolate

Everybody Street

Samurai Street Photographers.

Filmed in New York City, USA.

Join a raft of notable photographers and become a flea on New York’s belly for a few stolen moments. The true character of NYC runs deeper than the smiling families, bright colours and sunny days of its promotional tourism videos. But travelling beneath the surface of society requires incredible perseverance and a constant eye, where each moment is sought out to its occasionally dangerous end. Take a sip of surreal New York from the cup of those who truly know her streets.

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Mirror City

Cities of the Sky Gods.

Filmed in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

This film captures the wonder and entrapment of urban life in America’s greatest cities. It is a digital Persian rug of symmetrical perfection. Cars fly across ceilings of tarmac on avenues of infinity. At night the sky fills with fire as light casts across a lake. City squares surround you as the traffic lights close in and a kaleidoscopic cyborg awakens. A work of pulsating visual pleasure.
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Music by: Bassnectar

The City of Samba

Madness in miniature.

Filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The inspiration for the costumes becomes clear when the stormtroopers chase the dragon out of the arena. However, its the glowing eyes of Death presiding over the hellship of wailing souls and dancing lego men that really burns its image into your psyche. Close behind follows a 50ft King Kong playing the Empire State Building like a guitar. There’s some beautiful footage of Rio, but look out for the swimmer who gets eaten by Jaws.
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Music by: Jarbas Agnelli

Las Calles de Borges

Streets paved with the old.

Filmed in Buenos Aires & Capilla del Señor, Argentina.

Seize snippets of decay and the divine as you peer through the bleary lens of an old man’s eyes. It has been suggested that the imaginative creations of Jorge Luis Borges, born in Buenos Aires, were inspired in part by his progressive blindness. The footage at the end of the film shows Borges talking about “the task of art.” It comes from the 1998 documentary, ‘Buenos Aires, meine Geschichte’ by German Kral.
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Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla – De Usuahía a la Quiaca.

Town of Runners

The town possessed by itchy feet.

Filmed in Bekoji, Ethiopia.

As dawn rises in Bekoji, the farms are quiet, save for the scrape of dust from a rooster’s claws and the footsteps of hundreds of runners. Everyone in Bekoji is obsessed with running. In any other town, it would be madness. A story of survival and obsession that drives people from mudhuts and subsistence farming all the way to eight Olympic gold medals, ten world records and 32 world championship wins. Directed by Jerry Rothwell.
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HILL

The Packard Plant resident.

Filmed in Detroit, Michigan.

Allan Hill lives in the world’s largest abandoned building. He shares his home with birds, raccoons and the creep of nature through the plant’s windows; they lie agape as if still in shock from abandonment. 
”In 20 years people won’t even know this place. Young people will say, ‘Well, what’s a Packard? What’s a Chevrolet? What’s a Honda?’ I guess that’s all done in the name of progress. Sometimes I look at myself and look at this place here… and it looks like a perfect marriage.”
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